Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council

January 17, 2006

  1. Japan appreciates that the Palestinian Authority announced its determination to conduct the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council on 25 January as scheduled, and welcomes that the Israeli government decided on 15 January to take necessary steps to enable the elections, including voting by Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem.
  2. The elections are an important step towards building a democratic Palestinian state. Japan strongly expects that the elections will be held in a free and fair manner. In this regard, Japan has disbursed the assistance of about 720 thousand US dollars for a successful implementation of the elections and will dispatch an election monitoring mission.

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